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Clippers pick watch

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 26, 2012 Uncategorized 5 Comments

Clippers ping pong ballThe Celtics hold the LA Clippers first round pick in this summer's draft.  It's top 10 protected, but it goes to Boston if it falls anywhere from 11 on down.  This is a deep draft, and a pick in the 11-15 range can produce a player who might make an immediate impact.  So we're going to keep an eye on the standings and the Clippers' peformance to see where that pick may fall. 

Current record:  27-21 (2nd Pacific, 4th West). 

Standings:

 

W

L

GB

LA Clippers (4)

27

21

9.5

Dallas (5)

28

22

9.5

Memphis (6)

26

21

10

Utah (7)

26

23

11

Houston (8)

26

23

11

Denver

26

23

11

Phoenix

25

24

12

Minnesota

24

26

13.5

Upcoming games:
Tonight:  New Orleans
Wed:  Phoenix
Fri:  Portland
Sat: Utah 

The Clippers are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 7-9 since March 1.  The Clippers lost to the Hornets on Thursday, so they might have reveng on their minds.  Meanwhile, The Jazz are in action tonight against New Jersey… which means Deron Williams might go into takeover mode against his former team.  

However, a Jazz win/Clippers loss would essentially drop them down to the 7th seed.  The two games against Phoenix and Utah later in the week could be pivotal.  

We'll keep an eye on the Clippers to see if their free fall continues, or if they get it together.  Obviously, the best case scenario would be the Clippers barely missing the playoffs and falling just out of the top 10.  Considering the injuries the C's have dealt with this season, it would be a nice little stroke of luck to get a good pick out of the Clippers in this draft.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    i’m wet

  • KG

    Showing the league wide standings gives you a much better look at where the Clippers pick is at.
    http://espn.go.com/nba/standings/_/type/vs-division/group/1

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    since chauncy billips went down so have the clippers. it’s been an epic collapse that has vinny del degro on thin ice. there isn’t a true/dominate player in the draft, but it runs deep with decent talent. possible pick: jared sullinger p/f

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    So it looks like the Clips are tied 9-10th. What happens exactly if they remain in the top 10?

  • KG

    The Clippers are not in the top 10 or bottom 10 depending on how you look at it. If season ended today, their pick would be around the 22nd in the draft..they are tied with Dallas currently. Lets say they miss the playoffs and have the 11th worst record. If they do not win the lottery, staying out of the top 3, we get their pick. If they absolutely tank it and end up with at least the 10th worst record, we do not get the pick this year. Im not sure how many yrs it is protected for.